The core mission of the Department of Anthropology, the study of the broad scope of human diversity, mirrors the integrative and holistic goals of the liberal arts tradition. The department’s focus on cultural anthropology emphasizes two related strands of learning: first, close empirical examination of cultural communities and the ways their members experience and understand their lives; and, second, critical theoretical analysis of the larger political, economic, and symbolic frameworks that shape contemporary human societies and cross-cultural interactions world-wide. Both the major and minor involve a structured curriculum of lecture and discussion courses, ethnographic training, and opportunities for independent research. Students who complete the program acquire a sophisticated understanding of the discipline’s core concepts, methods, and theoretical approaches, while also honing fundamental skills of oral and written communication, qualitative research design, data collection, and critical analysis. The department prepares students to be critically aware, ethically informed, and actively engaged global citizens. Graduates are fully prepared either to continue their studies at the graduate level or to apply the perspectives and skills they have developed at Colby in the profession or career of their choice.MORE
New Faculty: A new anthropologist has recently joined the Colby faculty.